Do It For Dolly Day 2022: Fighting cyberbullying and teen suicide

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A victim of relentless cyberbullying, Amy Jayne “Dolly” Everett took her own life at the age of 14, sending shockwaves across the country.

After his death, the Northern Territory family launched Dolly’s Dream and Do it for Dolly Day in 2018, as a spokesperson for those who cannot speak for themselves and to prevent the lives of other children from being lost to bullying.

Listen to Australia Today’s Steve Price talk to Dolly’s dad, Tick Everett here:

The charity hopes to change the culture of bullying by tackling the impact of bullying, anxiety, depression and suicide among young people, through education and direct support for young people and families.

Do It For Dolly Day is held annually on May 13 and aims to bring the community together to celebrate kindness and unite to take a stand against bullying.

Dolly’s parents, Kate and Tick Everett, and Dolly’s sister, Meg, are calling on families to start the conversation with their young ones.

“No one deserves to be bullied”

“We know that only about half of teens who are bullied online tell their parents. We also know that one in 10 young people have been the target of hate speech,” said Kate.

“Some teens hide their experiences of online bullying so well that their families have no idea anything is wrong. On this Do it For Dolly Day, we call on parents and guardians to have the conversation with your child to end bullying.

To learn more about Dolly’s Dream or to donate, visit dollysdream.org.au

If you or someone you know is being bullied and want to seek help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

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